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IT Carlow Central Partner in €2.9 million BUCANIER Scheme

10/04/2017

Institute of Technology Carlow is to be a central partner in a new €2.9 million EU-funded scheme to support small businesses in Ireland and Wales.

The BUCANIER (Building Clusters and Networks in Innovation, Enterprise and Research) project will see the Institute join forces with Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Wexford County Council, Swansea University and Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire County Councils in Wales to help boost trade and provide specialist support to help small businesses design and develop new products and services. The project will work in key growth sectors of the Welsh and Irish economies, including food and drink, life sciences and renewable energy.

The project will also see Institute of Technology Carlow and its partners offer innovation master-classes, business mentoring and create new networks between Wales and Ireland, aimed at helping businesses in the same sectors share knowledge, increase cross-border trade and create new jobs.

Approximately 120 Welsh and Irish businesses are expected to benefit from the BUCANIER project over the next three years.  BUCANIER is part-funded through the European Regional Development Fund as part of the Ireland-Wales cooperation programme, which is helping to strengthen economic links and collaboration between the two countries.

Speaking at the meeting of partners in Institute of Technology Carlow this week, Brian Ogilvie, Head of Research and Commercialisation Support said: “This funding will be a critical factor in helping to create cross-border clusters and networks that will allow the transfer of knowledge between Higher Education Institutes and SMEs to increase cross-border trade, thereby contributing to the wealth and well-being of the cross-border region”. 

Photo caption, from left: Dr Gareth Davies (Swansea University);  Tom Banville (Wexford County Council);  Dr Terence O’Carroll (Bord Iascaigh Mhara);  Geraldine O’Donnell (Pembrokeshire County Council); David Thomas (Pembrokeshire County Council);  Brian Ogilvie (IT Carlow);  Jamie Reynolds (Carmarthenshire County Council);  Jen Gregory (Swansea University)